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Caltrans preps for new Echo Park freeway sound wall

Mar 16, 2015
About 2,000 feet of sound walls will be built on the east side of the 2 Freeway north of Oak Glen Place.

About 2,000 feet of sound walls will be built on the east side of the 2 Freeway north of Oak Glen Place.

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ECHO PARK — Construction will soon begin on about 2,000 feet of sound walls along the 2 Freeway as part of a larger project to reconfigure the southern end of the  2 Freeway.

Workers have been placing signage warning motorists about year-long lane and intermittent ramp closures on the northbound 2 Freeway. Temporary K-rail barriers will be installed before construction begins, said one Caltrans official.  The $6.8 million project is scheduled to be completed by early 2016.

Caltrans initially proposed building the sound barriers on the Echo Park and Silver Lake sides of the 2 Freeway. Silver Lake residents rejected the proposal to build a sound wall along the southbound lanes, but the residents of Echo Park and Elysian Heights  had no problem with a  structure on the northbound side of the 2 Freeway. As a result, two sound walls – one measuring 400-feet long, the other 1,530-feet long – will be built north of Oak Glen Place.

This phase of the project also includes the meters to regulate southbound traffic; extending the median on Glendale Boulevard; additional crosswalks and sidewalk repairs on Glendale Boulevard; brighter lights under the 2 Freeway overpass; and additional landscaping.

Officials have also planned and are seeking funding  realigning traffic lanes and removing the ramp that crosses above Glendale Boulevard as part of a future phase of the project.  Click here for details.

Sound wall rendering presented at a 2013 community meeting

 

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